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Zimbabwe vs New Zealand 2nd ODI Predictions and Preview Who Will Win 04 Aug 2015
Zimbabwe vs New Zealand 2nd ODI is going to be really exciting as Zimbabwe won the first ODI of the series even though almost every commentator and cricket fan predicted the exact opposite result. The last ODI game was without doubt one of the best games that Zimbabwe team has ever played. Even their biggest supporters did not expect that they were going to win chasing a 300 plus total run. But as they say cricket is a game with great uncertainty, so one can never say who will win the match until the last ball is bowled.
Now NZ vs Zim 2nd One day international match will be between two equal teams, the visitors now know that even 300 plus total is not enough to register a win against the hosts. Same goes for the Zimbabwe team, this New Zealand team can chase 300 any day. So the team that decides to bat first needs to put up a total of at least 330 to give the other team some challenge. These pitches have nothing for the bowlers, so one cannot expect them to pick up regular wickets and defend a small total.
Zimbabwe now is leading the series with 1-0, but good news for both the team managements is that the main batsmen of both the teams showed excellent form in the first game. Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to field first. He and his team was hoping to bundle the New Zealand innings in less than 250 runs, as the pitch had something for the fast bowlers earlier. Their wish was almost fulfilled when both New Zealand opening batsmen Martin Guptill and Tom Latham went back to the pavilion making less than 15 runs. But then New Zealand captain Kane Williamson came to the wicket and he scored a brilliant 97 of 102 balls, Ross Taylor who is regarded as the best batsman of the NZ team was even better and made an outstanding 112 in 122 balls. Their partnership helped the team in taking their total to 303. In Zimbabwe vs New Zealand 2nd ODI game the NZ team management is hoping for a repeat performance of that from these two players. The way they batted everyone was hoping that NZ will take their scoreboard to 350. But Zimbabwe bowlers bowled little better in last couple of over. Tinashe Panyangara was the only Zimbabwe bowler who made some impact in the game; he took two crucial New Zealand wickets.
Zimbabwe came to bat with a lot of confidence and both of the opening batsmen looked really confident. Hamilton Masakadza scored a brilliant 84 and Chamu Chibhabha gave him good support for the opening partnership. He himself scored 42 runs. The strong opening partnership was enough to make the run chase easy for the middle order batsmen of Zimbabwe team. Craig Ervine who came in at number 3 however is the reason that Zimbabwe won the match. He scored an outstanding 130 of 108 balls. He was later declared the Man of the match.
NZ vs Zim 2nd One day will be played tomorrow and the way both the team played in the first ODI match fans can definitely hope for another exciting game of cricket from them. It is expected to be another high scoring match. New Zealand team has to win the match if they want to make a comeback in the series. Zimbabwe team on the other hand is now very high in confidence and they are looking to make the series 2-0 tomorrow.
Series: New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe, 2015
Date: Tue, Aug 04, 2015
Time: 01:00 GMT | 14:00 local| 06:00 PKT
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Zimbabwe vs New Zealand Predictions Who Will Win
New Zealand will win
Zimbabwe vs New Zealand Toss Prediction
New Zealand will win Toss
Neville Madziva, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Regis Chakabva, Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Chris Mpofu, John Nyumbu, Vusi Sibanda, Luke Jongwe, Elton Chigumbura
New Zealand Team
George Worker, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Ben Wheeler, Doug Bracewell, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Kane Williamson